Student success: Spring 2013 grads
Meghan Orr – Sioux City, Iowa
B.S. – biochemistry and biology
Meghan decided to come to UNI after having an exceptional campus visit where she met passionate professors and students in her major fields. She was the president of the Pre-Vet Club, served as an ambassador for the Department of Biology and Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and conducted undergraduate research focused on the bovine respiratory disease complex. This fall, Meghan will be attending veterinary school at Iowa State University.
"Graduating from UNI means that I'm taking the next big step in realizing my dreams of becoming Dr. Meghan Orr!"
Madelyn Espinosa – Skandia, Mich.
B.S. – biology
Madelyn transferred to UNI from Michigan Tech for her senior year. She enjoyed doing research on seed predation while finishing up her last few biology credits. After graduation, Madelyn will attend the University of Iowa to start the Free Radical and Radiation Biology Ph.D. program.
"I appreciate the support and advice I got from the UNI biology faculty on graduate school, especially as a transfer student."
Devin Hanson – Des Moines, Iowa
B.A. – art education
Devin came to UNI because he wanted to be a successful teacher, which is what UNI is known for. Because of the specialized and experienced art and education professors on campus, he gained more knowledge about his subject area than he ever thought possible. While at UNI, Devin was a member of the Northern Iowa Potters and Sculptors, Student Art Education Association, and led an after-school art club for middle school students. Devin was recently hired by the Pleasant Valley Community School District to teach various high school art classes at Pleasant Valley High School in Bettendorf, Iowa.
"When I tell people that I graduated from UNI, I'm proud to say that I'm a successful and confident teacher because of my experience and education in my field of study. I couldn't be happier to start my professional career with a degree from UNI...I already have my custom plates and alumni sticker on my car!"
Nathan Temeyer – Ankeny, Iowa
B.S. – statistics and actuarial science with minors in finance and jazz studies
Nathan chose to attend UNI for a variety of reasons – he really liked the size and atmosphere of campus, he had the opportunity to study the mathematics of actuarial science while still pursuing his interests in music, and was excited for the opportunities in the jazz program. After graduation, Nathan will be working as an actuary for Principal Financial in Des Moines. He also plans on continuing his musical career through playing and writing music as well as teaching.
"One of the most important skills I've learned is how to work through problems where the answer isn't readily apparent. It's impossible to cover any and all situations that occur, and I feel like my time at UNI has given me the confidence to confront any obstacle I may encounter."